Outreach ​and Engagement Awards

The College of Agriculture PK-12 Council's Outreach and Engagement Awards were established to recognize, reward, and celebrate faculty and staff involved in successful outreach and engagement activities and to encourage the improvement and expansion of those activities.In 2021, there were 10 excellent nominations, exhibiting the tremendous work in the College of Agriculture expanding the pool of students interested in, and prepared for, careers in food, agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences.

2022 Outreach and Engagement Award Nomination Form

The Excellence Staff & Faculty Emerging/Sustained Impact Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize Faculty and/or Staff in the College of Agriculture who have been engaged in outreach and engagement work with PK-12 audiences. There is one award for staff and two award categories for faculty. Emerging Impact is to recognize faculty who have been engaged in PK-12 engagement and outreach for less than 10 years. Sustained Impact is for faculty who have been engaged in PK-12 engagement and outreach for 10 years or more. If there is not an eligible nomination for Faculty Ignite, the review committee may choose to recognize a second faculty impact category.
Outreach and Engagement Award Nomination

The Faculty Ignite Award
The Faculty Ignite award aims spark faculty interest in the College of Agriculture to connect their scholarly efforts to PK-12 audiences. The goal is to encourage faculty to initiate an outreach and engagement project with PK-12 audiences and build upon current engagement activities. This award application is to be submitted as a project proposal. This award will fund a proposed project submitted by a faculty member or a faculty lead team. Please see the Faculty Ignite Award Application for more information.
The Faculty Ignite Award Application

Award Recipients

The Purdue College of Agriculture's PK-12 Council selected two winners of the 2021 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Awards. Jarred Brooke received the PK-12 Excellence Staff Award, and Drs. Joe Ogas, Mark Hall and Stefan Paula received the PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award. There were no nominations for Faculty Ignite Award in 2021. Each recipient received a reward of $5,000 to expand and improve their PK-12 Engagement activities in order to increase impact.

2022 Excellence Staff Award

left to right: Dean Karen Plaut, Dr Neil Knobloch, Annetta Jones, and Dr Christina Wilson

Annetta Jones is an Extension Educator in Purdue Extension Porter County, Indiana. She provides leadership for approximately 50 Extension Educators who implement the Captain Cash program in over 100 classrooms each year. The Captain Cash program is an interactive educational program designed to teach basic financial management skills to third grade students. In the past five years, over 20,000 third grade students from around the state of Indiana participated in the in-person Captain Cash program. An additional 807 students participated virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annetta and her colleagues have assessed youth outcomes of the Captain Cash program. Prior to the program, one-third of the students knew they could earn money as a young entrepreneur (e.g., lemonade stand). After participating in the program, half of the students knew they could be a young entrepreneur. The program has changed the way youth think about saving money and understanding the process of borrowing money. The partnerships created is impressive, including public, private, parochial, charter and home-school programs, after-school settings, community centers, boys and girls clubs and the YMCA, summer camps and temporary shelters for families fleeing domestic violence.

2022 Emerging Faculty Impact Award

Left to right: Dr Colleen Brady and Dr Neil Knobloch

Dr. Colleen Brady is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication. She has worked closely with a wide range of youth supporters, including Extension educators in all 92 counties, Indiana State Fair staff and Board members, and volunteers, parents, and families associated with youth programs over the past two decades. Dr. Brady has generated educational curricular content used frequently in 4-H Animal Sciences programming, primarily in the equine area. She also provided programmatic oversight and troubleshooting for approximately 8,000 youth who annually participate in the Indiana State Fair animal shows. Dr. Brady is an innovator in using technologies to broaden access for PK-12 audiences. Recently, Dr. Brady worked with colleagues at other universities to develop the Virtual 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology contests to serve the needs in 10 states, which reached nearly 1,000 youth during the summer of 2020. Dr. Brady has developed assessment tools to document youth outcomes of the National 4-H Horse Roundup and Indiana Youth Career Development Events. She has disseminated research on PK-12 engagement at various conferences and journals. She has published 34 refereed journal articles and 21 abstracts, 14 published conference proceedings and 67 professional presentations.

 

Past Winners

2021 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award - Jarred Brooke

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award - Joseph Ogas & Mark Hall

2020 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award – Megan Gunn

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award – Yaohua (Betty) Feng

PK-12 Faculty Ignite Award – Trevor Stamper

2019  PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award – Gwen Pearson

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award – Elizabeth Karcher

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award – Tim Gibb

201>8PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award – Kelly Delp

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award – Hui-Hui Wang

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award - John Lumkes, Daniel Taylor, and Jose Garcia

2017 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award - Jeff Sanson, JW Fansler, and Shelly Surber

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award - Bryan Pijanowski

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award - Roger Tormoehlen

2016 PK-12 Outreach and Engagement Award Winners​

PK-12 Excellence Staff Award - John Cavaletto

PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award - Dr. Rod Williams​

PK-12 Sustained Faculty Impact Award - Dr. Tom Turpin​